Ja’Wuan James – Re-sign or replace?

The Dolphins have a decision looming, do they re-sign their own former 2014 1st RD pick (#19), or do they try and replace him. It’s not as easy as a decision as some might think. While James is not an elite RT, especially in the sense of the “old” prototype of a right tackle, who was usually not a very good pass blocker, but usually a road grader on the right end of the line. In fact, James is the polar opposite of that, he’s a very good pass blocker, but his run blocking skills after 5 seasons are still somewhat lacking.

The Miami Dolphins offensive line has been in flux for too long. Last season we signed former pro bowl OG Josh Sitton after the Bears declined to re-sign him, and Sitton didn’t make it past game 1 before being placed on season ending IR. Center Dan Kilgore, who the Dolphins traded a 7th RD pick for with the Niners didn’t make it that much further as he was placed IR after game 4. The Dolphins had already decided to give journeyman Jesse Davis a shot at the RG spot, and Davis started and finished all 16 games, but his play was just marginal, average or less than average.

At LG, good ole Ted Larsen started 13 games but played in 15 for the Dolphins as the Dolphins really had little depth left with both Sitton and Kilgore both out for the season before the first quarter of the season was finished. It’s really come down to a numbers game, and the numbers are not in our favor. We basically have 1 starter at the moment, Laremy Tunsil, if we decide to move on from James. I know this season is going to be a bumpy one, but if we have to try and bring in 4 new starters on the OL, that’s quite an undertaking. It’s possible we keep Kilgore and Larsen, their salaries are palatable (even if their play isn’t always). Between the 2 players they will come out to about $5M in salary. Even if both are kept for depth only, I think that’s doable.

The other part of the equation is that James has played the entire season and then the following year, injuries limited him to playing half the season or less twice. In ’14 James started all 16 games. In ’15 he played and started only 7. In ’16 James started all 16 games, in ’17 James was limited to starting only 8. Last season James started and played in 15 games. You know what’s coming in ’19, right? I actually don’t believe in those kind of things. I think James will be fine this season. Where he will play is another story.

If I were the GM, I’d keep the steady pass blocking RT because he’s young He’ll be 27 when the season starts, and because he is a good pass blocker, a very good one. His consistency could be a little better, but considering the fact that he had a journeyman next to him all last season, and Davis definitely had his struggles, I think James is a keeper. He will probably get somewhere between $8-12M per year, but I think it’s worth it. He’s going to get that for sure from another team, and I loathe to let our own 1st RD pick leave. I’d re-sign him. Your thoughts?

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1,310 Responses to Ja’Wuan James – Re-sign or replace?

  1. mf13ss says:

  2. Mike E. says:

    M – I think we need a DE or a DT more than the OL if we re-sign James. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to have 3 very good OL, I would. Holey Offensive Line Batman! We still have 2 holes even with Tunsil,James and Williams

    • mf13ss says:

      YUP! I’m with ya, dude!

    • Mike E. says:

      In theory, and I say that because we’ve such trouble filling the interior of our line properly, but in theory we should be able to get interior linemen later than the 1st RD.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Good chance we roll with C Kilgore at $2.4M as we develop a younger center. Davis may be serviceable at RG again as we build the OL over a couple of years. Not sure what the new regime thinks of Davis though. One thing about him even though he was up and down is he was very durable playing every snap.

  3. mf13ss says:

    • Tim Knight says:

      I don’t think bringing him in makes much sense. He hasn’t been very productive in recent years and he’s 29. The only reason I could see it is if he’s on the cheap and can help show how it’s done within the new offense, blocking, routes etc. But even that seems like a stretch. Develop our young TEs.

  4. Mike E. says:

    Tim – That makes sense. Of course Kilgore has to make to through the whole season, and the same for everyone else.

  5. Tim Knight says:

    It doesn’t really matter to me who we draft and when in this draft because it’s part of a long-term plan, not what holes we still have in 2019. We’re going to follow our board which is what we should do.

  6. To clarify my position on Rosen I just want to say this. If we have to trade up to get a qb this year we’d need to give up a lot more than our #13. Some people are saying he’d only fetch a 3rd but I don’t think that’s going to be the case.

    But, the ultimate would be for us to be able to get our franchise qb and then still have our full compliment of picks this year. So, if we were able to trade a pick from next yr’s draft, even if it was our first rd pick, in order to beat out the next best offer I’d be all for it.

    What a great scenario that would be. Get your franchise qb and then be able to pick your full allotment in the draft. So, we could end up possible with a DT or DE in the first like Wilkins, Oliver, Lawrence, etc and then come back in the 2nd and get maybe a C in Jenkins or McCoy, take a DE like Jackson in the 3rd and another one like Banogu in the 4th. We’d be well on our way to our rebuild and qb would no longer be this huge need.

    We’re not tanking so we’d still need to trade more draft assets in 2020 or 2021 to move up. With this move we’ve already got our guy plus more players to help. I’d be all for it.

    • stangerx says:

      Future 1st would be like our 2nd. Doubting we give away future top picks but we could. Not sure at that price can count on Rosen as a franchise QB though….. but could be. Like the thought of bringing him in unless he really is a broken toy.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Stanger, I don’t think Rosen is broken. It’s what our brass thinks of him long-term.

      • stangerx says:

        Where he was drafted and his contract is what gets me interested. But obviously seems the Cards have decided he is no their QB of the future, and that came pretty quick. I’d still throw a 2nd his way and have a back-up plan.

      • Stanger,
        It could be the new HC wants HIS guy. We’ve talked about that before where HC’s want their own qb and will draft one rather than be saddled with someone else’s choice.

    • Tim Knight says:

      It’s an option for sure but it really depends on what the new regime thinks of Rosen. I don’t see us as needing any one player in this draft. We need to hit on who we do draft to get the program going with the right players. But where this team is at no one player is going to define our future unless it’s a QB. I’m not sure we’re going to trade for anyone though, but will look to trade some of our players for picks.

      • It’s true that my point is moot unless this regime likes him. I’m still not necessarily buying we didn’t like him last year. I think we were skunked by ARI on it. Had they not moved up I’d tend to believe he would have been in a Miami uni last yr.

        But, that’s all speculation. My main point is if we do like him enough to think he could be our qb of the future and only need to give up just one pick to get him then why not take the shot and get our guy and then build around him with the picks we have this year. If we could trade a future pick it would be better but if we need to trade a pick from this year then so be it.

        There’s a lot of people who don’t want him but I guarantee that if the Pats were willing to give up a pick to get him as Brady’s successor there would be a lot of pissed off people.

  7. mf13ss says:

  8. stangerx says:

    Probably doesn’t fit with rebuilding but Ziggy Ansah is a FA and only 29. And we do need help on the DL.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Yeah I saw that but he’ll have multiple bidders. A team trying to get over the top makes the most sense. Does he want to play for a team starting over at this stage in his career and the only way we win him over is probably because we paid him the most. That’s not what we should be doing. Flowers makes the most sense because of familiarity with the coaches, he’s already won championships and is looking for his payday but can also be around with us 5 years from now at only 30 years old.

      • stangerx says:

        Doubt we get him, but man did I always want him for us. And save money for the future seems the smart way to go now.

  9. Tim Knight says:

    Brett Favre was traded in his 2nd season after being selected in the 2nd rd by ATL because Jerry Glanville hated the pick but was overruled by the GM. Wolf offered a 1st rd pick for Favre so I guess the ATL GM changed his mind and coveted the value. The rest is history. LOL

    • Tim Knight says:

      It’s a very small body of work but in Favre’s 5 drop backs his rookie season with ATL, he completed 0 passes, threw 2 picks and was sacked. LOL

  10. pheloniusphish says:

    You guys don’t know shit. Obviously Miami needs an elite OL and QB to compete.

    • D says:

      I would like to have an elite DE, DL, TE, RB, S, CB and LB too while we are at it, and i would like to get all those players without taking any FA’s, cutting any players and in this one draft next year. Also if we cant win a Superbowl in Flores first year then flush this shit and start over.

  11. well, looks like Giants and Redskins are on the Rosen train. If Giants land him then maybe we’ve got a shot at Haskins at #13.

  12. D says:

    mf13ss says:
    March 5, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    On Dolphins reported interest in TE Dwayne Allen…Dolphins have Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe and Nick O’Leary signed and teams don’t need four TEs on the roster. So somebody should be wondering what team REALLY thinks of them.

    Believe what they do, not what they say.

    — Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) March 5, 2019
    Plenty of teams will carry 4 TE’s at least at the beginning of the season. Not that i think we need him but thats not crazy and its not telling anyone anything.

  13. mf13ss says:

    • D says:

      I tell ya CJ Mosely is a tempting grab to me. Usually LB’s outside of the 3-4 OLB variety are not expensive in FA. Trey Flowers i have already spoken on. Those are the only two above i would try to make winning offers to in upcoming FA.

  14. D says:

    stangerx says:
    March 5, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Doubt we get him, but man did I always want him for us. And save money for the future seems the smart way to go now.
    I remember that draft year so well and not because of the clusterfuck that DionFF turned out to be, but because when i saw us trade up (and it was still a good trade value wise no matter how it turned out) i thought for sure it was for Ziggy. The ship unfortunately has sailed for me and at this point i dont want us to invest what we would to get him. Flowers is going to be cheaper and a better fit. If i offered a DE this year its Flowers.

    • Tim Knight says:

      D, the thing with Flowers for us is the coaches know him as good as anyone – his strengths, weaknesses and what his value is.

  15. mf13ss says:

    Can anyone give me an example in recent history (we’ll say… since 2010) of a QB who failed so miserably in his rookie season (see Josh Rosen), so as to become ‘something’ of a QB?

    Yeah, we can site Peyton Manning before the turn of the millennium, before Roger Goodell destroyed the NFL product. I’m talking about this decade in Goodell’s new league.

  16. mf13ss says:

    Guys, as GM, I could turn this franchise into a playoff contender RIGHT NOW. Problem is, we’re supposedly “re-setting”. Thus, why would we even sniff a decent FA, I ask?

    And that is why I have ZERO idea of our direction right now.

    • mf13ss says:

      WHY would we sign CJ Mosely, for example? If we’re not competing for NOW, why would we do that? Do y’all understand what I’m sayin’???

    • D says:

      As a person to build a defense around. Young talented player on the ascension, QB of the defense. Some picks make sense, Flowers is another one.

      • Tim Knight says:

        I agree if these players are part of the future it doesn’t matter to me how we obtain them. The idea is to add good players, it doesn’t have to be only cheap or through the draft.

  17. D says:

    I think Fowler Jr might be an option for us as a pass rusher too. He shouldnt be too expensive and still a ton of upside with him.

  18. Mike E. says:

    M – I say the same thing about Wake, so . . .

    • mf13ss says:

      RIGHT! I truly have no sense of direction with this new ‘team’ (I can’t stand the term ‘regime’… it has a very negative connotation to it). I mean, anything could happen!

      STILL… I get the sense that MR. Wake will be back, due to his leadership and productivity. Methinks he’ll even sign on the cheap, being he’s a LOYAL SOULJAH to our franchise.

  19. mf13ss says:

  20. The Flying Pig says:

    Does Patrick Mahomes count M13
    He played one game as a rookie and threw 1 into and no TDS

    I’m counting him.

    Matt Stafford too. Wasn’t he injured his whole rookie year

    Jimmy Garapolo wasn’t even good enough to get one start as a rookie…lol

    • mf13ss says:

      LOL, yes, there are many examples out there that don’t quantify into what I’m saying.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        To be fair

        The % of QBs who are drafted and successful in the nfl isn’t very high to begin with

        So the threshold is pretty high to begin with

      • Tim Knight says:

        Piggy, that’s how I answered M13 but he was asking who was really bad and then very good. It happens but probably not very high either.

  21. D says:

    There is a difference from busting a nut in FA and picking up one or even two guys that are young enough to build around. Of course we dont wanna burn all our money on an older high priced player but whats the point of clearing cap space not to use it to grab players that help you get things going in your direction.

  22. mf13ss says:

    Tim Knight says:
    March 5, 2019 at 4:30 pm
    Oy! No I didn’t smoke a joint today but I might as well have. I understood what you were asking and answered you with the complete opposite answer of plenty of other 1st rd QBs who were busts early on. So I will refrain from anymore of your trivia or questions today because obviously I’m not comprehending well today. LOL
    LMAO! All good, my man!

  23. Tim Knight says:

    If this is the case we probably don’t go there. That’s an Olivier Vernon contract.

    • D says:

      Yeah i agree. If it was int he neighborhood of 10-12 id probably consider it.

    • D says:

      To me thats pretty high for him an i dont mean just what id pay, just in general. Thats pure pass rusher money, and unfortunately for him he’s a well rounded hybrid DT who is best a stopping the run. The money he is looking for doesnt match his skill-set.

      • Tim Knight says:

        He played DE, OLB and DT in their schemes. But I agree he’s not a change the game defender. He’s a top level do your job guy. 5 years $60M is probably a better number, not $85M. I know it’s about guaranteed money but the bigger the number the more guaranteed.

    • stangerx says:

      No $17 mil per year FAs for us….. unless a QB, and doesn’t seem like any one worth that is out there.

  24. mf13ss says:

    Bucky, Bucky, Bucky… *sigh*

    It’s alright to disagree, Bucky, but I don’t want to hear the words “problematic” as it concerns what you are REALLY invested in… and we all know what that is…

    • mf13ss says:

      Nevermind… this got lost in interpretation by many others. Forget this post of mine.

    • D says:

      I thought you were playing off something from Cptn America speaking to Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier though i wasnt sure what the parallel was.

  25. D says:

    Yes Piggy, just confirmed that Fowler Jr is a FA this year.

  26. Tim Knight says:

    Major red flags on Murray. Heard Mike Francesa just addressing what Casserly said and what Albert Breer said earlier on his show. That is ARZ doesn’t take Murray at #1, he could drop past 15. They discussed there are teams who will not take a 5-10 QB. But Murray failing leadership, study habits and on the board with plays is not good stuff for a top QB in the draft never mind #1. His fate might rely on Kliff Kingsbury being all in on him. Is it real?

    • Mike E. says:

      He’s going to bet his career on him if they do take him #1. He’ll have to vouch for him, that he can make him work there.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Or he’s doing that to get a another team high on him to trade up, get other picks, still draft early and roll with Rosen?

        If those results from Casserly are pretty universal, he doesn’t fit what Flores and O’Shea have said about what they look for in players and at QB.

      • Mike E. says:

        If that’s true there won’t be any other teams interested in not only taking him at number 1, but trading more picks to get there. He may not even go in RD 1 period

    • D says:

      What i heard with Murray was the big deal was that his attitude, came off as egotistical not just confident. They expected him to really ace the interviews but he did not.

  27. Tim Knight says:

    Mike, I agree Murray could slide out of the 1st but something tells me a team might take a shot late in the 1st because he fell.

    LMAO!!!! A dude who just called the radio wished Mike Francesa a Happy Valentine’s Day and Mike replied; Happy Valentine’s Day? Then the guy went onto be serious about the NFL trade value chart. LMAO!!! Still laughing…

  28. mf13ss says:

  29. stangerx says:

    Tim Knight says:
    Major red flags on Murray. Heard Mike Francesa just addressing what Casserly said and what Albert Breer said earlier on his show. That is ARZ doesn’t take Murray at #1, he could drop past 15.
    Almost makes you think the combine is over and the smoke and mirrors time before the draft has begun. If not #1 then might be #15? Doubt he’d make it past #13 at least.

    • D says:

      D says:
      March 5, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      What i heard with Murray was the big deal was that his attitude, came off as egotistical not just confident. They expected him to really ace the interviews but he did not.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Not if those reports are accurate. We wouldn’t take him off that.

      • stangerx says:

        If not #1 then drop past #15 just made no sense to me no matter what happened in the interviews. Know for a fact it is smoke and mirrors time….. including for the teams that interviewed him and are hoping he drops.

      • D says:

        It is smoke and mirror time, but what i hear was he rubbed some of the GM’s wrong because he was overly egotistical with his answers. Most those guy wanna hear confidence in yourself but if its laid on to thick they think either you are faking it or you are egotistical and not grounded/team player. I heard he just gave them the wrong vibe, not that he had an incident or something like that come out.

  30. D says:

    If i were a GM my scouts would get me to my short list of players and their interviews would close the deal. 40 times, etc, sure id take all that into consideration but if that player wow’d me in the interview that would stick with me more the day im calling out a name for my selection than anything that happened at combine. Literally, Murray would at very least lose a couple of rounds as far as my grade on him, if not be pulled off my board completely if he flunked the interview. Same with any of the rest. I will say i have not seen any interview with Haskins, but i have both Jones and Lock and both of them come off very well to me. Haskins strikes me as a guy who would interview well but i dunno.

  31. Mike E. says:

    LOL D – Good point

  32. naplesfan2010 says:

    I read not just Murray’s vibe was bad, but his answers were wrong.
    Meaning “what do you run when …?”
    he got it wrong.
    “What’s the protection when …?”
    He got it wrong.
    What does the (TE RB Slot) do when you call a ___________ ?
    He got it wrong.

    Plus he came off smug and smirked a lot.
    Plus he did not seem like he will be a film rat.
    Plus he seems like he is a diva.
    Plus he seems like he thinks his daddy will manage the NFL GMs into obedience.
    Wrong, Wrong, Wrong. WRONG!

    Plus he put on so much bad weight, so he would seem bigger, that at the combine he was embarrassed to be seen with his shirt off and was scared to be seen running slack drills.

    What kind of competitor at QB doesn’t throw? Isn’t that his life? Should be. He should be a pit bull.

  33. pheloniusphish says:

    But, but, but….Murray is an elite talent! Sure fired Hall of Fame! Him and an Elite OL and Miami would be winning back to back Championships for decades!

  34. pheloniusphish says:

    My prediction is Murray goes back to the A’s.

  35. Tim Knight says:

    It’s not smoke and mirrors with Murray. Smoke and Mirrors is when teams act like they love a player to conjure up interest. Not reports that a player did poorly in interviews. That’s a report on what happened. We all saw his horrible interview with Dan Patrick. Maybe that’s who he is. He did poorly from a leadership standpoint, study habits and on the board breaking down plays. Not just being egotistical. Nonchalant was more like it. Teams want QBs who are all in 24/7, not I just do my thing. That’s not leadership. That’s what Casserly’s report is about.

    If I’m a GM and that’s who he is, he’s not on my board in the 1st or probably 2nd. Maybe I take a swing in the 3rd and regret it later, but I take a shot just incase he changes his ways and is that good. I’d also lean on the coaching staff if they want him on the team at all.

    • stangerx says:

      Tim — you clearly have a better feel for what is going on with Murray than I do. Given that seems the drop will happen now, I’m still gonna hope we at least have the chance to consider him at #13. Given that he was pegged as #1…. must be some talent there.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Kliff Kingsbury amped up his buzz at #1 with ARZ. There’s your smoke and mirrors.

        Let’s look at Murray’s pros and cons from what we know.
        Good arm, displays accuracy, elite scrambler and runner – a playmaker.
        Short, smallish, one year starter in a college system, refused to workout at the combine in any drills, not just throwing, continues to remain a mystery, did poorly in interviews with important intangibles.

        Are you starting a rebuild with a guy like that who will grab all the attention everyday? Not me.

  36. naplesfan2010 says:

    My horror story is he drops to 13 and we take him, but i really think he is not the type guy Flores wants.
    Flores looks llike he would eat Murray like a $2 pastry.

  37. Mike E. says:

    Stanger – I think there are too many questions with Murray. You know it’s always more than talent. First he committed to the A’s in MLB. Then the wind blew and he decided he really wants football. He comes to the NFL combine out of shape and unprepared for interviews and doesn’t have a grasp of football concepts they put on a chalkboard for him to comment on, so he can’t do it. At this point, you’re wondering if training camp gets too hard, does he just pick up and leave and decide to play baseball like Phelon said before.

    • stangerx says:

      His stats at Oklahoma were incredible. So he’s least got that going for him. A reason he has been projected #1. But we’ll see how things are looking closer to the draft. Maybe we have no chance for him at all or maybe not worth our pick. Do know we need a QB though.

      • pheloniusphish says:

        He had one year of stats against inferior opponents. When he played Alabama, his stats sucked.

      • Tim Knight says:

        So were Tebow’s and he has a great work ethic. College stats don’t tell the whole story.

  38. Mike E. says:

    Stanger – He’s not the type of player you build around. Bad attitude is a huge red flag, maybe the biggest.

  39. mf13ss says:

    • Mike E. says:

      OR, the Cardinals were always taking Murray, and the interview didn’t mean a thing, and maybe the other interviews didn’t either, and that’s why he was so lazy and cocky.

  40. mf13ss says:

    Do I really need to post “Smoke Season” by Bad-N-Fluenz again? Seems so! RIP, Rappin’ Ron

    • mf13ss says:

      My Brother in Christ, Ant Diddley Dog from above, now goes by A Doulos. Man… he’s come a LONG way! God bless that man for coming up from the bad-azz streets of Oaktown and his sinful ways. 1-LUV!!!

      • mf13ss says:

        IMO, A. Doulos is one of the most gifted rappers of all-time. I felt that way when he was in “Bad-N-Fluenz” back in the early 90s (I bumped them HARD CORE back then), and still feel that way today.

      • mf13ss says:

        If this video in it’s story told doesn’t bring a happy tear to one’s eye, I don’t know what to tell ya.

    • Tim Knight says:

      See my 6:32 post. We hear bad reports like this all the time and watch them live up to it. Johnny Football!!! Reuben Foster.

  41. Tim Knight says:

    I think there is a chance Murray could physically survive in the NFL, but from where his head it at, I think it’s a big turnoff. Not at QB.

    Once again if these Casserly reports are more universal than not. Drew Brees was a cleaner prospect and he dropped to the first pick in the 2nd because of his size alone. Murray has many more red flags.

  42. Mike E. says:

    Or as George RR would say Tim, “Many and more” lol

  43. Tim Knight says:

    We may go into FA and the draft saying yes start in the trenches but let’s go OL more because it takes longer to get cohesive. As long as it’s a 50-50 between prospects on either side of the ball follow your approach and value. We can still upgrade defense along the way and we have some good young pieces to work with already. Right now Tunsil is the only core guy on the OL.

  44. One of the questions being asked around the Combine was, “if Rosen were to become available, who would be the team that would offer the most to get him?” and the answer waaaaasss………………………The Patriots

    • Mike E. says:

      Who asked the question, and who answered it?

    • Tim Knight says:

      Gotta have some source, man. They can afford it though because Brady keeps on ticking and if not they roll with Rosen. What do they have to lose, they don’t make it to or win another Super Bowl? LOL

      • I agree. They have thrown 1st rd picks out there for players who aren’t even with the team anymore and Rosen would be the perfect opportunity for them to get the guy who will replace Brady. Sooner or later, Brady isn’t going to be there and they’ll need someone and Rosen could sit for a year and then take over.

        I would have loved for us to get him but too many teams are showing interest now and the Pats have two 2nd’s. I could definitely see them outbidding everyone else if they wanted him.

  45. Rockphin says:

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  46. olddolphan says:

    Lightning and the Winnipeg Jets are 1-1 at the first intermission in Amalie Arena. Bolts out shot the Jets 14-5 in the 1st period. Out hit them, too, in what has been a physical contest. Crowd really started to get into it as the hitting picked up late in the period. Tampa Bay will have a man advantage to start the 2nd period. I would NOT be surprised if this game went into OT like their first meeting a couple of months ago, which the Jets won in Winnipeg. Jets missing tough guy Byfuglian who is on the injury list.

    Time to drop the puck for the 2nd period. Y’all have a great evening!!

  47. Tim Knight says:

    Rock, you should have the mushroom cloud as your avi because that is what will happen here. LOL

  48. naplesfan2010 says:

    All of you are knowledgeable.
    All of you can name a dozen Heisman Trophy winners who busted out of the league, esp. QBs.
    The way the NCAA season and Big Five thing goes, the hype train can take a guy from phenom to the Heisman with no regard for translatable skills to the pro level.

  49. naplesfan2010 says:

    Frankly, I don’t want either Murray or Rosen.
    I’d rather have a blue collar guy who loves football like Ta’amu
    or (fill in your fave guy here __________).
    I think taking a guy from the mid rounds, say 3rd – 5th, is becoming more my plan, but I reserve the right to change my plan before April.

    I’d rather have Tyrod than Murray. At least he’ll fight for every inch.

  50. naplesfan2010 says:

    Jeez Rock
    Thanks (I think.) No really that is a cool calendar.
    I usually find that stuff out the day of.

  51. The initial thinking was Rosen wasn’t going to fetch anything more than a 3rd rd pick. Now there’s 3 teams who are reportedly interested in Rosen; Washington, NY Giants and the Patriots and some are saying they think the Pats would give up the most to get him.

    There’s no way he was every only going to warrant a 3rd rd pick. Wasn’t going to happen. Someone was going to pony up a 1st for him. If he’s truly available, that’s what ARI is getting for him.

  52. Rockphin says:

    stangerx says:
    March 5, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Could they have got the draft on him that bad? Might be chasing a Ryan Leaf, but its been less than a year.

    Why not? 75% of first round picks in the last 10 years have been disappointments. (I.e. their teams had to find another guy)

  53. The Flying Pig says:

    What’s the biological phenomena called

    Where you have to go to the bathroom
    But have to hold it bc you aren’t near a bathroom
    But as you get closer to the bathroom
    Your body senses it
    And makes you have to go even more

    How does my body sense the toilet is near?

    Does anyone else lose sleep over this stuff?

    • olddolphan says:

      ACTUALLY, you only THINK your body senses a toilet.
      IN THE REAL WORLD, ANYTHING will suffice as a toilet for a pig.
      So don’t worry.
      WHAT you’re smelling probably has something to do with sex or food!

    • Rockphin says:

      yes, I know of this phenomena. It also causes your key to not fit in the lock.

  54. It’s interesting to hear that some teams weren’t thrilled with the attitudes of some of the higher projected players and think those players will end up dropping some because of their attitudes.

  55. Rockphin says:

    I preface this again by saying I know nothing of college players until after the Dolphins are mathematically eliminated each season, This whole Murray thing just smacks of Johnny football.

  56. Rockphin says:

    naplesfan2010 says:
    March 5, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Jeez Rock
    Thanks (I think.) No really….

    Started today.

  57. Rockphin says:

    Tim Knight says:
    March 5, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Rock, you should have the mushroom cloud….

    That was when I wanted it to be blown up. It has. Now I wear my freak out Avi for the over reaction to every move they make.

  58. olddolphan says:

    TIME FOR THE FAT LADY TO SING!! –Brayden Point of the Lightning notches his 37th goal of the season and Tampa Bay is trouncing the Jets 5-1 with about 9 minutes left to go. ANOTHER dominating performance by the best team in the NHL! – – GO BOLTS!!

  59. naplesfan2010 says:

    I don’t see any statement of rrelease of Branch.

  60. Let us keep our fingers crossed that, despite what happened with Murray in the interviews, ARI still takes him #1 overall.

  61. naplesfan2010 says:

    Casserly on Murray.
    “Well, he better hope Kingsbury takes him No. 1 because this was not good,” Casserly said. “This was the worst comments I ever got on a high-rated quarterback, and I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve probably been doing it longer than you’re alive.

    “Anyway, leadership — not good. Study habits — not good. The board work — below not good. Not good at all in any of those areas and raising major concerns about what this guy is going to do. Now, people say, we’re going to compare him to [Patrick] Mahomes, we’re going to run an offense like Mahomes, we’re going to run an offense like Baker Mayfield. Well, you can’t. … Those guys are much different. Those guys, you never question about their ability on the board, you never question about their leadership ability, their work habits, they were outstanding in those areas. This guy is not outstanding in those areas. It showed up in the interview.”

  62. I don’t do those computer-driven mocks like others but how would you feel about this?:

    Rd 1 Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
    Rd 2 Elgton Jenkins, C, Miss St
    Rd 3 Joe Jackson, DE, Miami
    Rd 4 Ben Banogu, DE, TCU
    Rd 5 Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Ole Miss
    Rd 6 Chris Peace, DE, UVA
    Rd 7 Olamide Zaccheaus, WR, UVA

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Probably could use an extra OL instead of all those DL

      I think Joe Jackson goes I the first half of the 2nd round

  63. Rockphin says:

    Tim Knight says:
    March 5, 2019 at 10:12 pm
    And we’ve made what… one, releasing Branch? LOL
    Log in to Reply

    They re-signed John Denney as their first move, dooming this regime before they started. 🥺

  64. Cody Thompson of Toledo remains one of my favorite wr’s in this year’s draft.

  65. pheloniusphish says:

    Sucks having so many FA Safeties on the market. Drives down the trade value for Jones.

  66. bookman11 says:

    Just get back to me when we have an elite QB and OL……should be easy enough, see everybody then! (Gosh I hope none of the other NFL teams are looking for the same thing!)

  67. There’s at least 9 wr’s I’d be happy with this year in the draft:

    Marquise Brown
    Deebo Samuel
    Paris Campbell
    Hakeem Butler
    DeMarkus Lodge
    Gary Jennings
    Diontae Johnson
    Cody Thompson
    Olamide Zaccheaus

  68. It is unbelievable how loaded this WR class is this year. It’s just loaded with talent.

  69. True or false. A future draft pick isn’t worth as much as a current year pick.

  70. Mike E. says:


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